Laptop Review: The Lenovo Ideapad Yoga

Tech experts, shoppers and other visitors were abuzz at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show in the Las Vegas Convention Center. The Lenovo® Ideapad Yoga 13 was living up to its name. This Ultrabook™ Convertible, as Intel® calls it, is a hybrid species of tablet and notebook. Engineered with smooth, rotating hinges, this device easily moves between four different positions. Considered one of the hottest products at the CES, the Lenovo offers big advantages to users willing to live with the drawbacks of its dual identity.

Four Poses for Improved Time Management

It is difficult to find a tech review that does not acknowledge the benefit of having two functions in one device. The Ideapad's swivel-hinge design is called the Lenovo Transition, and it allows users to automatically switch settings when changing positions—or poses, if you will. Each pose corresponds to a function: laptop, tablet, tent, or stand.

This 360-degree movement makes it a convenient computer in a variety of settings and also expedites the creation, sharing and consumption of content without giving users the awkward chore of switching devices. The Yoga's InstantResume feature saves extra time, allowing the instrument to instantly switch from sleep mode to readiness.

 New Innovations and Applications

The Lenovo Ideapad Yoga series runs on the Windows 8 operating system. This technology is compatible with keyboards and touchscreens, both comfortably housed in the Lenovo.

Switching between applications more swiftly and efficiently than Windows 7, Windows 8 can absorb all the files, applications, and settings of previous systems while running newer applications such as Xbox Music. You can pinch and stretch images to zoom in and out, bypassing the usual bother of enlargement. The Lenovo touchscreen's sensitivity allows the use of all ten fingers, optimizing the blessings Windows 8 provides.

Challenges and Cost

While the responsive touchscreen is an asset to the dexterous, tech reviews suggest that it can occasionally annoy the less nimble. Some users also find holding the tablet in certain positions uncomfortable, because the keyboard is on the flipside. While these issues amount to minor irritants, consumers should handle the Lenovo Ideapad Yoga prior to purchase to determine their own comfort levels. Some laptop reviews by business users also complain about the position of the power button. It's located on the device's front edge, making accidental activation more likely. Tech reviews note that the device's maximum RAM is 8GB. At its most basic, the Lenovo Ideapad Yoga costs about $1,000.

The laptop review in a nutshell: Overall, the Lenovo Ideapad Yoga 13 is a versatile computer that will save you time and improve your personal and commercial productivity. The light weight and flexibility make it perfect for use on work, home and travel use. Because the device employs cloud storage technology, you can access your Ultrabook from any other device. For busy professionals and entrepreneurs, the Lenovo Ideapad Yoga will deliver with maximum efficacy.

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